New contact lens 'to help in the fight against glaucoma'

13 March 2012

People may be less likely to seek corrective eye surgery should they opt to wear a new high-tech contact lens.

The London Eye Hospital is the brains behind the new gadget, which has a design that could advance the fight against glaucoma.

Coming in the form of a single-use contact lens, the technology is able to detect signs of glaucoma in a person's vision.

Entitled Triggerfish, the gadget works by monitoring pressure placed onto an eye over a 24-hour period and could allow the common disease to be detected and treated earlier and more effectively.

Bobby Qureshi, consultant ophthalmic surgeon and the medical director at the London Eye Hospital, commented: "Not only will the Triggerfish lens make it easier to diagnose glaucoma much earlier, but it can also be used to evaluate patients already diagnosed with glaucoma to monitor how well controlled the condition is and how effectively they are being treated."

According to the RNIB, an estimated two million people living in the UK are currently suffering from sight loss – representative of around one person in 30 of the country's population.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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